Baylor University routinely develops and revises emergency plans that describe the response to and management of events that pose a real or potential threat to the life, safety, and security of the campus community.
Plans, such as the Emergency Management Plan, describe how Baylor University administrators, Baylor University PD, and other response agencies will work together to manage emergencies that occur on the Baylor University campus. Emergency protocols and evacuation and shelter-in-place maps have been developed in order for students, faculty, and staff to know and understand what actions they should take during emergencies.
A variety of training and educational programs are offered to help prepare the Baylor University community for emergency situations.
Baylor University personnel with a role in emergency response complete training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to prepare them for management responsibilities during an emergency.
Additionally, Environmental Health & Safety and the Baylor University Police Department, utilize outreach programs to train and educate all members of the campus community, providing them with the knowledge needed to respond appropriately to various types of hazards.
Additionally, exercises of various types are conducted throughout the year to assess and evaluate emergency plans and capabilities. The following types of exercises are used at Baylor University:
Drill - A low-stress exercise that is limited in scope and usually intended to test a skill or capability (e.g., fire drill, tornado drill, etc.)
Tabletop - A low-stress, discussion-based exercise involving key management personnel that focuses on group problem-solving
Functional - A moderately stressful exercise involving key management personnel that tests one or more emergency functions
Full-scale- A high-stress exercise involving key management personnel as well as first responders that tests multiple emergency functions